Navigate the Complexities of the Healthcare Industry — The Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership with a Healthcare concentration is designed for those in the healthcare field who would like to update or add to their healthcare leadership skills. In this program, an emphasis is placed on organizational management with current policy updates and ethical leadership development in the changing healthcare environment.
The CLU online healthcare concentration equips students with the faculties to lead the changing healthcare environment through the development of interpersonal competencies, critical thinking, and ethical reasoning. Students who complete this degree will have learned to examine the foundational models and theories of leadership; to initiate change by in order to apply their learning, develop their own individual leadership style, and understand how to solve complex healthcare administrative issues.
Immersed in constructivist, collaborative online courses, students engage in peer-to-peer exchanges, active participation in discussion forums, and critical dialogue and debate with instructors to prepare them to create positive and sustainable change within the healthcare field. This degree is specifically well-suited for students who currently work in the healthcare field, but are interested in the theories and practices of managers and leaders within the field.
The M.A. in Organizational Leadership with a concentration in Human Resources aligns with the mission of Claremont Lincoln University to produce leaders capable of respecting differences and collaborating with those of different viewpoints to resolve problems.
Students that are ideal for the M.A. in Organizational Leadership with a Healthcare concentration include the following career and industry interests:
A completed Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution is required to apply to Claremont Lincoln University. Neither a GRE or GMAT score is required for enrollment.
The Admissions process has been streamlined for applicants to complete the online application in 15 minutes or less. Unofficial Transcripts and a current Resume or CV are required to be uploaded with the online application. The Enrollment Committee will then review the application and determine an acceptance status within 24 business hours. A determination letter will then be sent, and in return, an acknowledgment of its receipt will be needed. The Admissions, Financial and Student Services Team will finalize any other necessary items to complete Enrollment.
Claremont Lincoln University reserves the right to request additional items as deemed necessary by the enrollment committee to determine student readiness for the graduate level workload. Claremont Lincoln University reserves the right to accept, provisionally accept, or deny students upon the evaluation of all admission documents.
The Healthcare Administration concentration is taken along with courses from The Claremont Core®. These courses teach the engagement skills necessary to implement the theories and ideas of healthcare administration.
The Effective Healthcare Leader course was designed to help students assess, develop, and better understand their unique and critical role as leaders in healthcare organizations. Students are introduced to self-assessment exercises and engage in readings and dialogue to help identify strengths, weaknesses, and individual styles of leadership and communication. Personal values and missions are explored and analyzed as students evaluate and assess positive organizational behavior and learn to identify the negative influences of toxic behavior. Strategies to overcome conflict, adversity, and cross-cultural conflict are developed in highly collaborative learning cohorts where students learn from one another's diversity and perspectives. Practical organizational assessment in healthcare leadership strategies are researched and applied through activities and exercises focused on each students' individual contexts. By emphasizing practical skills to identify negative behaviors, determine toxicity in organizational settings, analyze the causes, and devise strategies to overcome them, students receive the grounding and broad skills necessary to be more effective healthcare leaders.
The Exceptional Leadership in Healthcare course teaches students about organizational structures and systems, how to lead change and innovation in healthcare through 16 critical competencies, and the foundational models and theories of leadership. Students will learn to apply multiple perspectives when examining complex healthcare issues while also generating possible solutions through well-cultivated self-awareness, a compelling vision, a real way with people, and masterful execution. This course will utilize a variety of teaching strategies, which may include assigned readings, videos, personal reflections and journaling, lectures, group discussions, and case studies to teach students how to become exceptional leaders within the healthcare system.
This course will examine healthcare finance reimbursement systems. The student will be introduced to reimbursement as a healthcare administrator, and this course provides them with a comprehensive outlook on who the payers are in healthcare, the payment systems in healthcare, basic coding instruction, revenue cycle management, electronic medical record, what fraud and abuse is and how it can have a negative impact on your facility, some key tools that can have a negative impact on your facility if they are not managed daily such as transfer cases and high cost outliers, and tomorrow's trends. The student will also be introduced to the interpreting of financial statements, ratio analysis, and other payment models and payer types such as managed care, commercial insurance, Medicaid and Medicare, pay-for-performance, value based purchasing, and accountable care organizations. Overall, this course will provide the student with the full picture of the mechanics of insurance and reimbursement and the impact they have on the financial aspect of healthcare organizations.
Leading in complex healthcare organizations requires a variety of skills to achieve effective and efficient healthcare delivery. An understanding of change management, multi-organizational management issues, effective governance structure, and the impact of healthcare reform on health systems is essential. But it also requires the ability to understand and apply the foundational concepts that address healthcare leadership in a global era. In this course, students are introduced to the contemporary research and literature surrounding leadership, as they will critically analyze and discuss theories to develop their leadership abilities as healthcare professionals. Throughout this course, students will examine the notion of leadership as an adaptive art, as a frame for professional proficiency, and as a platform for personal and organizational transformation. Having evaluated the foundational models and theories of leadership through research, reflection, and self-assessment, students will be able to apply their learning to effectively lead within a complex healthcare organization.
Ethics in Healthcare: From Theory to Practice is an examination of the challenges to and opportunities for healthcare leaders to understand the systems around them that will dictate their ability to ethically influence change within those systems. This course has been designed to lay the foundation for thinking critically about ethics through an examination of key questions in ethical theory and ethical practice in healthcare. Students will examine the moral and ethical challenges of leadership, the moral obligations of leaders and followers, and how healthcare leaders can navigate the temptations of power. By reading carefully selected texts from classical and contemporary thinkers, students are exposed to multiple sources of and approaches to ethical reflection that will enhance their own ethical reasoning skills as they critically respond to thought-experiments, contemporary case-studies, and contemporary practices in various spheres of life and work. In addition, this course analyzes how healthcare leaders can convey values through actions, language, and act as exemplary models of character and integrity. The high level of abstraction that is required to discuss ethical theory can prove challenging, especially to those who are new (or relatively new) to the academic study of ethics. However, this course aims to expand students' moral point of view by considering personal ethics, leadership, and the common good, and ethics in different cultural communities—both locally and globally—through various readings and weekly forums to enable them to see more concretely how ethical theory and practice are important components of healthcare leadership.
This course offers students critical understanding of mindfulness practices and ways to develop the capacities of mindful attention necessary for effective change leadership. To that end, the course focuses first and foremost on practice: you will be regularly engaging in practices of self-awareness, mindful reflection, open-presence awareness, concentration, and compassion (for self and others).
Effective dialogue in the 21st century is mindful communication that constructs shared understanding among diverse constituencies. Students will be able to articulate contemporary theories and practices of dialogue. Students will develop the ability to manage contrasting perspectives among diverse constituencies and reframe conflict for shared understanding. By the end of the course, students will be able to demonstrate personal commitment to fostering productive dialogue in interpersonal, professional and public contexts. They also will identify potential dialogue partners for progress toward the Capstone Action Project. Prerequisite: MCC5311
Collaboration is co-creative dialogue among key stakeholders to develop strategies for positive change. Students will be able to develop strategies to engage diverse stakeholders effectively and to create conditions for stakeholders to synthesize diverse perspectives. This includes the ability to articulate contemporary understandings of cultural diversity and social privilege that exist in any collaborative effort. By the end of the course, students will be able to manage interpersonal and organizational conflict and lead in a way that leverages intelligence and self-organization. They also will identify and secure commitment from collaborators for their Capstone Action Project. Prerequisite: MCC5302
This course engages students in change making, which is effective collaboration that generates positive and sustainable impact in society. Students will be able to integrate capacities from the Claremont Core (Mindfulness, Dialogue and Collaboration) to effectively implement a project that positively affects a social situation. Students will also learn to evaluate the effectiveness of a project and integrate evaluation into program improvement.
Students will demonstrate these abilities by designing an action plan for their Capstone Action Project. Prerequisite: MCC5313
As the final and culminating course in a student's degree program, and an item in each student's portfolio, the Capstone Action Project (CAP) provides learners the opportunity to demonstrate the integration of the program and institutional learning outcomes through a hands-on project in their professional capacity. The planning for this course begins at the program's outset, continues through the evolution of learning, and culminates with the student being fully prepared to implement their project during the CAP course. The specific content in the Healthcare concentration provides students depth in a particular area of leadership and practice for leading more effectively toward positive change. Facilitated by what has been mastered in the Claremont Core, and in their contexts of personal and professional engagement, learners integrate their knowledge, skills and abilities to demonstrate how they learned to be more effective leaders for compassionate, effective change. Must be taken during student's final term.
In an increasingly interconnected world, leaders who want to make positive, sustainable change need to develop the critical perspectives and collaborative skills necessary to reach across traditional barriers of ideology, culture, and faith. At CLU, we put development of these capabilities at the center of our degree programs. The result is the Claremont Core®, a sequence of four innovative courses. Progress through the Core takes you through a process of self-awareness and steadily evolves towards engagement with others and society at large. Learn More.
Claremont Lincoln's master's degree programs all have the distinct advantage of being 100% online, providing the flexibility to determine how and when coursework is performed. CLU master's degree programs can be completed in 12 months at a low cost of $18,000. In addition, the Admissions process has been streamlined for convenience. Neither a GRE or GMAT score is required to apply or be admitted.
Claremont Lincoln University is a non-profit, "online-by-design", graduate university providing socially conscious education and multiplying social impact through the work of its students in the world.
As a nonprofit university, Claremont Lincoln University is focused on the student's learning experience as well as their career success. Funds received from donations, endowments and tuition go directly to curriculum and to enriching our students' education.
Since CLU is both online and nonprofit, the university is able to serve students who are not well served by traditional institutions and universities— allowing the university to deliver the innovative education its founder and benefactor David C. Lincoln envisioned.
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Here is what some of our current and past students are saying about Claremont Lincoln University. We are committed to being a student-centered community and are proud of how we have continued to establish dialogue and long-lasting relationships with our graduates by showcasing their action-oriented and impactful work across the globe.
"In speaking to the CLU core, every student can expect an immersion in developing skills that will enhance personal leadership and self awareness. I hope that CLU meets every students' expectations with a bit of surprise and magic mixed in."
"I am a lifelong learner and am convinced that our reward is commensurate with our effort. Some students will just want to be able to place an M.A. after their name while others are seeking ways to change the world. With the mix of world class professors and an exemplary cohort, I believe students will not finish the program in the same mindset that they started. Everything fit together so perfectly and the scaffolding made the entire program manageable."
"I am most proud of heeding the prompt to "reinvent" myself during the 18-month program and to put my energy in an environment where I can make a difference."
"I have had an association with seafaring for fifty years, having served in the British Merchant Navy at the beginning of my working career. In later years, I served as a board trustee with the Seamen's Church Institute in Philadelphia, and more recently I began volunteering as a chaplain. I realized that I could use my Capstone project to bring value to the needs of the seafarer mission."
"When I chose my Capstone project I selected a project that would create value, there are many research questions that a student may choose. In my view, it is better to find an issue that will enable a benefit that translates to value in use. This then ensures that the time and effort spent on the research will endure and be meaningful."
"Prospective students can expect to be challenged to grow as leaders, collaborators, and change-makers in their field and sector. The knowledge provided by the Social Impact program combines high level theoretical and critical thinking with practical grassroots implementation of learning and tools. This program equips students to become transformational leaders."
"In addition to growing academically, personally, and professionally, I hope students gain a community of thought partners and allies rooted in the mission of social change, love, and justice."
"CLU has been such a blessing to my life. CLU helps strengthen my leadership skills through mindfulness, meaningful dialogue and collaborations that allow us to suspend assumption, approach non judgmentally and create strong foundations of shared vision in order to not forget the human part of our world, as we seek our purpose and deeply feel and understand our "why" in our journey towards change."
Many hard working professionals contribute to a Claremont Lincoln University education. Here are just a few of the great faculty and staff that you will meet at CLU:
Gregory L. Bock, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of philosophy and religion at The University of Texas at Tyler and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee. His research includes medical ethics and the ethics of forgiveness. He has published articles on various topics, including Jehovah's Witnesses and blood transfusions, surrogate decision-making, and miracles.
Kim L. Brown-Jackson has over 20 years of experience as practitioner, academician, quality healthcare leader and performance and learning strategist guiding business process improvement through biomedical services, public health, advanced drug development, telemedicine/ telehealth initiatives. Specializes in regulatory compliant industries (biologics, medical device, pharmaceutical, financial, and aviation safety).
Brown-Jackson is known for utilizing best practices to identify opportunities for expanding services, increasing better health outcomes, articulating how streamlined processes add value to the patient and client outcomes, reducing the days to go live, delivering positive outcomes and revenue for the government, organizations, companies, and clients.
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